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Access to Science

access to science 

Visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. You can visit with the dinosaurs, explore our children’s discovery center Outside In, and wander through the dioramas at your own pace. 

Preregistration is required (same-day registration is available onsite). If you would like to attend, please contact our visitor services department at 215-299-1060 or Please provide the following information: contact name, email, phone, total number of attendees, number of children and their ages. To ensure a positive experience, space is limited! 

Upcoming Access to Science Dates:

Due to the current COVID situation, access to science is currently on hold. Check back soon for updates, as we plan to restart this program soon.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Pre-Visit Materials

Museum Stories for Exhibits

Museum Stories describe the Academy’s exhibits from a child’s perspective. They are built to help you and your child choose the exhibits you want to see ahead of your visit. The stories, specifically designed for children with developmental disabilities, include visual elements and easy–to-follow narratives. Some of the stories come in two versions, or levels. Level 1 stories are designed for younger children or children considered to be low-functioning, while the Level 2 stories are best for older or high-functioning children. The Museum Stories are appropriate for any child who is interested in knowing about the exhibits.

Stories and maps are available at the admissions desk as well as in the downloadable PDF format below.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museums and Library Services and UnitedHealthcare.

Institute of Museums and Library Services   united healthcare